Mar 10, 2013 - FAMILIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED TOO MUCH ARE POISED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Families for Justice Society is made up of Canadian families who have lost loved ones to impaired and criminally convicted drivers. These families and so many others across Canada have grieved and continue to grieve the loss of their children, spouses, partners and other family members while simultaneously attempting to understand the leniency of the Canadian criminal justice system toward those found guilty of killing while behind the wheel.

You will find the Families for Justice Society on Facebook. Look for the red Canadian Maple Leaf with the family standing in front of the leaf. There is no website, but to contact Familes for Justice you may email to familiesforjustice@shaw.ca. An Alberta chapter can be found at www.bradkolethad.com.

I will be speaking with three members of Families for Justice on today’s show. Markita Kaulius whose 22 year old daughter Kassandra was killed when Natasha Warren, impaired and driving at more than 100km/h slammed into Kassandra’s car at an intersection. Warren left the scene and did not call for assistance. Last December Warren was sentenced to 34 months in prison. She will be eligible for parole this July.

Sandra Green lost her daughter Krista Howe and son-in-law Brad Howe when they were killed by Chad Olson. Olson was sentenced to 27 months. The Court of Appeal raised the sentence to 3 1/2 years, but Olson was released after just seven months. Five children ages 4-14 were left orphaned.

Drew Wilkins 15 year old son Walter Borden-Wilkins and three other teens, Tanner Hildebrand, Mathew Deller and Vince Stover were killed and Zach Judd critically injured when their car was hit by the pickup truck of Brendan Holubowich. Holubowich was facing 16 charges included impaired driving causing death and leaving the scene of an accident. He pled guilty to four charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Holubowich was sentenced to 3 years in prison February 27 of this year. He will be eligible for parole in a matter of months.

The tragic stories continue and it is the expectation of Families for Justice that Canada’s federal government will significantly change the penalties for taking a life while driving impaired. Markita Kaulius will be meeting with federal Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson over the next few days and make the Minister aware of the families demands, as well as a national petition signed by more than 20,000 people.

Source: The Roy Green Show


 

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